Scripture:Acts 26: 28-29
28 Agrippa said to Paul, “Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?”
29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might become such as I am—except for these chains.”
Paul is so compelled to share his faith and
to persuade others that the hope he has found in
Jesus Christ is for them too, that he sounds crazy at
times to those listening.
But, Paul doesn't mind what others think.
He has been set free from placing his worth in the
hands of others and what they think or say about him.
He has been set free from the desire to try to control all things and set free set free to share the joy that has been revealed to him.
Amazingly, Paul's freedom persists even when he is detained or locked up.
That is a robust freedom worthy of being shared, and so share it he does.
What threatens to weigh you down today?
What threatens to tie you in knots?
For me, it is the tendency to take on too many things at once. It is exhilarating at first, but soon I find myself checking and double checking my schedule making sure that I don't let anyone down.
For me, it is paralysis-by-analysis. I fail to act boldly in the face of wide-spread, systematic injustices because they just seem too big for my efforts to make a difference.
When I begin to despair, or fret and fuss, I can almost hear
"you believe in the resurrection, I know you do...so why not
believe that it is for You too?